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August 14, 2014

San Francisco to Debut Nine New Convention and Meetings Venues




Nine new venues are coming to San Francisco in the near future. Here is a quick rundown of the properties:

The Masonic in San Francisco
1111 California St.
3,300 capacity – Opens September 2014

Live Nation announced the re-opening of the Masonic in San Francisco, following a multi-million dollar renovation project that took place during spring and summer 2014. The Masonic will open its doors in September and include a line-up this fall that includes Train, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The 1975, Old Crow Medicine Show and others.

Located at the top of San Francisco's historic Nob Hill, the Masonic's re-opening will unveil a transformed space in the Bay Area. Renovations include a new concert stage; sound system tailored specifically to the room; VIP room for 300, with views of Nob Hill, San Francisco and the Bay; VIP boxes with wait service and private restrooms; and a new general admission open floor with tiered levels, bringing the venue's general admission capacity to 3,300.

As a result of the upgrades, the uses of the Masonic have expanded—general admission concerts, seated concerts, private receptions, meetings and classroom-style events, or private dinners with entertainment on stage. The new Masonic is now a venue for concerts and special events.

Additionally, in partnership with the Nob Hill Association, Live Nation and the Masons of California contributed $100,000 to the renovation of the Huntington Park children's playground, which will be the first of many contributions to come from both organizations towards the vitality of Huntington Park and the Nob Hill neighborhood.

Levi’s Stadium
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara
68,500 capacity – Booking for events now

Located south of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley, Levi’s Stadium has more than 110,000 square feet of event space. The venue has field-level clubs with direct views to the 50-yard line and a rooftop terrace and garden with views of downtown San Jose and the foothills that border Silicon Valley. Levi’s Stadium is currently accepting event bookings of almost any size.

James R. Herman Cruise Terminal
Pier 27
60,000+ square feet – Opens October 2014

On September 18, the Crown Princess will be the inaugural ship call at the new James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27.  The terminal can accommodate vessels up to 1,200 feet long, carrying as many as 4,000 guests.

The structure, which was used as the venue for the 34th America’s Cup Village in 2013, will be adjacent to a new 2.5-acre public park known as Cruise Terminal Plaza.

On non-cruise days, the facility will be used for conferences, trade shows and special events. It will have more than 60,000 square feet of shared-use space. Events for October 2014 and beyond are being booked now.

Pier 35, the existing cruise terminal, will also be available for special events in addition to being a secondary cruise terminal.

Presidio Officers Club
50 Moraga Ave., The Presidio
2,955 square feet – Opens September 2014

The Presidio Officers’ Club is San Francisco’s most historic building, where military leaders once gathered with their colleagues and families. This venue has been updated, and now has two event spaces for celebrations and meetings. The second-floor Ortega Ballroom is  2,955 square feet, and will be a celebration venue with San Francisco Bay views, an outdoor deck and high ceilings. Additionally, the outdoor Hardie Courtyard on the ground floor will act as a pre-event location.

The building will have a destination restaurant, performances and cultural events and exhibits that illustrate the Presidio’s relationship to San Francisco and the world. 

The venues in the Officers’ Club are taking bookings now for events as early as September, 2014.

Strand Theater
1127 Market St.
285 seats + 120 seats – Opens Fall of 2014

Located in the Central Market Street corridor, The Strand Theater will have a 285-seat theater, a 120-seat black box theater and a café, and is an addition to A.C.T.’s theaters in San Francisco, which include The Geary Theater and The Costume Shop Theater, a black-box performance space located near The Strand Theater. It originally opened in 1917 and has lived through various incarnations before being shuttered in 2003. The Strand Theater will open again in early 2015.

Nourse Theater
201-299 Hayes St
1,600 seats – Now available

Built in 1927, the Nourse Theater is a venue located in the heart of San Francisco’s Performing Arts District. The hall has been closed to the public for more than 30 years. In 2012, City Arts & Lectures began a restoration project and has brought the theater back to public use.   

The hall has a layout offering unobstructed views throughout the orchestra and balcony, and original architectural details. 

City Arts & Lectures has refurbished the 1,600 seat hall, installing lighting and sound equipment including Meyer speakers, new curtains, upholstered seats, a newly decorated green room and dressing rooms.   

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave.
900 seats – Targeted Re-opening September 2015

The Herbst Theatre is part of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, located across the street from City Hall on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.  The theatre is decorated with eight murals, painted by Frank Brangwyn as commissioned works for San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Each set of two paintings represents one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire and water. The 900-seat recital hall is targeted to re-open Sept. 1, 2015 after completion of seismic retrofitting and upgrades.  

Warriors Arena
Mission Bay bordered by Third, 16th and South streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.
Opening for 2018-19 season

The Golden State Warriors’ new arena will bring new heights to San Francisco’s cultural scene, providing a facility that can accommodate top-name musical acts, conventions, major cultural events and other sporting events. The addition of a sports and entertainment arena will allow San Francisco to attract large events such as national political conventions which have specific needs for seating capacity, contiguous space and sightlines.

The Village
969 Market St.
17,000 square feet – Opened Aug. 1

The Village is a 17,000-square-foot event venue with more than 1,300 person capacity spread over three floors, designed for conferences, product launches, activations, immersions and more. The venue also offers events solutions for video mapping, interactive technologies and video production.


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